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Congratulations to recent graduate on starting Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology

The @MScHealthPsych course team were delighted recently to hear that 2017/18 student Abdirahim Mohamed has been accepted onto a fully funded stage two training place on the Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology at Staffordshire University.

Abdi has been an inspiration to fellow students while on his MSc Health Psychology course at Coventry. He’s also supported thousands of psychology graduates and aspiring professionals via his PsychAssist blog.

Getting his much sought-after stage two health psychology training place is well deserved and we’re sure Abdi will make the most of his time on the professional doctorate.  We’re looking forward to seeing him graduate with his MSc Health Psych from Coventry later this month.

For updates you can follow Abdi on Twitter @Psych_Assist and please do check out his very popular blog.

Celebrating #NHS70

As the UK National Health Service celebrates its 70th birthday, people up and down the country have been sharing their experiences of working in, and being cared for, by our wonderful, publicly funded healthcare system.

You can catch a brief glimpse of our course leader Adam in this short video made by Coventry University staff. Adam has worked in the NHS as a research fellow investigating psychosocial aspects of stroke.

Congratulations to recent graduate on winning best conference poster

MSc Health Psychology graduate Nicky Ashley recently won the best poster award at the Midlands Health Psychology Network conference.This was for her research project exploring Experiences of Mindfulness Through The Eyes of Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Congratulations to Nicky and her supervisor Karen Maher.

We have a poster presentation as one of our coursework assignments, which is a great opportunity to get practice and feedback on your poster technique. We encourage all out students to think about presenting their work at conferences or in peer reviewed journals.

End of lectures but lots still going on

On 26th of April we celebrated our last day of taught classes, but staff and students will still be really busy over the summer.

Many students will be working on their dissertation projects, while staff will be planning the next academic year, doing lots of marking, attending conferences, teaching at summer schools and doing their own research.

We’ll be running group support sessions for M148PY project students over the summer. Keep an eye on our Twitter feed @MScHealthPsych for student projects recruiting participants.

Former student gives a guest lecture for us

We’re very grateful to MSc Health Psychology graduate Nicky Ashley for giving a guest lecture to our students around psychosocial issues associated with cancer. Students particularly enjoyed the @Hopeprogramme gratitude wall and Lego activity when looking at self management programmes. The session was organised by our colleague Karen Maher, as part of her module on long term conditions.

Karen herself is a graduate of our MSc – we like to hold on to great people!

Student Develops Diabetes App Idea

Congratulations to our student Tin Lok Philo Man who was shortlisted this year for a university-wide App competition. In front of a Dragon’s Den style panel of judges, he pitched his idea for an app to help improve the quality of life of people with diabetes.

Developed with a focus on your future employability, our course places a practical emphasis on the teaching of health psychology as it is applied to real-world situations. These include, for example, development of public health campaigns, intervention development and case study examples. Your idea for an intervention or app might end up being developed and delivered to real people, making a big difference to their health and wellbeing.

Special guest speaker on our Professional Practice module

We are very grateful to Dr Claire Hallas from SCCH Consulting for coming to speak to students on Krishna’s professional practice module. Claire and students discussed consultancy, getting into healthcare practice and lots of issues relating to practitioner psychology.

Our course is designed to prepare you to pursue a career in health psychology, and we invite a range of experienced practitioners to share their insights and boost your employment prospects.

System addict?

Terrible pun – apologies – we are all very tired after an intensive session on M152PY Introducing Research Informed Practice in Health Psychology.

Today we looked at systematic review papers, searching and downloading some examples from the online database (other databases are available).

We were identifying the key features of systematic review papers to get students started on their own systematic review assignment. Prisma flow diagrams and tabulated findings were our main focus. Looking at published examples of systematic reviews will really help students understand what a systematic review looks like and (hopefully) help them make a start on their own.

We also looked very briefly at RefWorks  – there are some great videos on YouTube that aim to get new users started in 20 minutes.

So quite a busy and packed session but lots of new skills being acquired. Looking forward to reading the finished reviews in December.

The Professionals

Our first week of term saw new and returning students start classes in modules including:

  • Health Promotion and Behaviour Change
  • Advanced Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology
  • Biopsychosocial Aspects of Stress, Health & Illness
  • Research Informed Practice in Health Psychology

In the last of these modules we explored what it means to be a trainee in health psychology, and ways to develop each student’s personal professional profile. Students taking the dissertation module this year have started setting up and sharing online progress journals.

It’s going to be an intensive year ahead but things are looking good!


appiness pic for twitterThis is mainly aimed at alumni and friends of the MSc health psych course (as current students have classes that day):

The Health Psychology in Public Health Network are holding an event at Coventry University, on apps to improve the public’s health and wellbeing.

14th November 2017, Coventry University

Aimed at public health staff, researchers, health professionals & app developers
Come along to this insightful mhealth event with speakers from industry, public health and academia showcasing their use of behavioural science in today’s apps! Hosted by Dr Kristina Curtis, Coventry University, & Jolel Miah, Health Psychology Public Health Network.

Booking can be made at the HPPHN website.


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